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Goldberg, Leo (26 January 1913–01 November 1987), astronomer and astrophysicist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Polish immigrants Harry Goldberg and Ruth Ambush. When he was nine a fire destroyed the tenement where his family lived, taking the lives of his mother and younger brother. Three years later his father moved the remaining family to New Bedford, Massachusetts. Young Goldberg spent his summers on Nantucket Bay, where his frequent visits to the Maria Mitchell Observatory probably sparked his interest in astronomy. Financial support from a local businessman in 1930 allowed Goldberg to attend college. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard University under the supervision of ...